Diabetes and Prediabetes – An Enormous Public Health Problem

Over 20 million Americans are known to have diabetes mellitus. This is nearly 7% of the US population. Another 6-7 million people living in the US are also diabetic but do not know it — it has not been diagnosed or even recognized — and thus is not managed in any form. Astonishingly, approximately 60 million individuals in the US have prediabetes, which is a distinct and authentic metabolic disorder that easily and often progresses to the overt diabetes condition. The prevalence of both conditions grows yearly, but the majority of individuals with either condition are not diagnosed.

Around the world, the number of people with prediabetes approaches 350 million. Public health experts predict this number will pass 400 million by 2020. In past years, prediabetes was not recognized but was simply acknowledged as impaired fasting glucose, or glucose intolerance. Glucose intolerance was most frequently minimized as a concern. Folks were told simply to reduce sugar intake and to try to lose a few pounds — or not told anything. However, we now know that the “glucose intolerant condition” — or what we now formally name “prediabetes” — shall progress to overt diabetes mellitus at the rate of approximately 5% per year. That is precisely why “glucose intolerance” has been renamed “prediabetes” and is recognizable as a distinct metabolic disorder worthy of a precise clinical name.

Annual physical examinations with annual blood test screening of at-risk individuals is essential.

The formal definition of diabetes has been tightened because prior criteria were too vague. Frank or overt diabetes mellitus is defined a fasting plasma glucose of 126 mg/dl OR hemoglobin A1c value greater than 6.5%, Prediabetes is defined as fasting glucose of 100 – 125 mg/dl OR hemoglobin A1c value between 5.7 and 6.4%.

These definitions are agreed upon by Consensus Expert Panels globally. Of course, adjusting the definitions to these precise criteria will result in percentage increases in the prevalence of either condition. But, the reasons that Consensus Experts agreed upon these definitions center on the fact that these definitions declare true metabolic abnormalities — true deviations from physiological normals. And, these distinct deviations from metabolic normal have progressive, adverse personal health consequences.

So, public health and personal health data do exist that expose the truth. Prediabetes is a personal threat and a public health problem. It can and will progress to overt diabetes as defined. And, both conditions are linked directly to blood vessel disease, heart disease, kidney disease, and neurological disease. The threat is the glucose molecule. Prediabetes must be recognized, diagnosed, discussed, and managed as the true threat that it is.

Vitamin D Deficiency Linked To Poor Health!

What is vitamin D3? – Increasing numbers of adults, and even children, are suffering from various types of bone abnormalities, auto-immune disorders and mood swings all suspected to be caused by the same culprit – Vitamin D deficiency. Seems our modern-day aversion to the sun, and a heated debate among the medical community is having a devastating impact on our bones and our overall health.

It is estimated by some Vitamin D experts that up to 75% of the world’s population is Vitamin D deficient… and it seems to be getting worse, not better.

To understand the importance of Vitamin D it is helpful to clearly understand what Vitamin D actually is and isn’t… Vitamin D is technically a hormone, not a “vitamin”. By definition, vitamins are organic compounds that cannot be “made” by the body and are obtained by outside sources – our foods. Vitamin D on the other hand, is synthesized by the body by things called “precursors”.

To synthesize the precursor to vitamin D, we need help from an outside source, the sun. Once the precursor rearranges itself and becomes what we call Vitamin D, it exits the skin and enters the bloodstream – nourishing our organs and the entire body.

To get enough D from your daily diet you’d have to consume 3 cans of sardines, drink 10 to 20 glasses of fortified milk, eat 20 bowls of cereal, gorge on 50 to 100 egg yolks and eat 7 ounces of wild salmon EVERY DAY!

Your body needs vitamin D for:
• Optimum Bone Health
• Cellular Health – Helps Stop Free Radical, Cancer Causing Cells from Developing
• Organ Health – Heart, Liver, Kidneys
• Muscular Health – Strength & Stamina
• Autoimmune Health – Fight Disease and Illness
• Brain Health – Mental Acuity, Memory, and Helps Fight Depression & Mood Swings

The truth is, your body must have Vitamin D, and without it, your health will suffer – greatly.

Race, skin color and geography all impact whether you may or may not be Vitamin D deficient. The darker your skin, the harder it is for your skin to make Vitamin D, which is precisely why darker skinned people are particularly prone to vitamin D deficiency. Additionally, the older you are, the harder it is for your skin to make Vitamin D, so as we age we manufacture less…but we actually need even more Vitamin D to stay healthy! Which brings us back to the bigger question; why aren’t you currently taking a Vitamin D supplement?

It is interesting to note that most European countries strongly disagree with low recommended daily allowance in the US, and research overwhelmingly suggests that we would be far healthier with higher Vitamin D levels in our bodies.

Fortunately, there is a solution to the Vitamin D deficiency epidemic – add Vitamin D3 to your daily diet!

Vitamin D3 or Cholecalciferol is the same type of D your skin manufactures from sun exposure. What’s important about this is it is the precise type of D your skin, organs, bones and entire body needs to function at peak efficiency and health. The bottom line is your body must have it.

The Health Benefits of Honey

Most of us are familiar with the many health benefits of bee pollen. This bee byproduct is packed with vitamins, minerals, proteins, and other nutrients; when we eat bee pollen as a food supplement, we are treating our bodies to a significant percentage of many of the nutrients we need on a daily basis.

But when we think about the primary product that is harvested from beehives — namely, honey — we tend to believe that this is just a sweetener, a sugar substitute, a flavor enhancer, an ingredient in tomato-based barbecue sauces. However, honey is packed with nutrients as well; if eaten on a regular basis, honey can provide many of the nutrients your body needs, and it can act as a healing agent in other circumstances too.

Raw honey contains calcium, magnesium, sodium, iron, phosphorous, sulfur, and potassium. These are all essential minerals that our bodies need in at least trace amounts. Honey also contains many B-complex vitamins as well as Vitamin C; the amounts of these vitamins change depending on the quality of the nectar and pollen the honey is made from. Honey also contains proteins, and the enzyme glucose oxidase, which in turn produces hydrogen peroxide when honey is diluted with water. Hydrogen peroxide is an antibacterial agent that gives certain varieties of honey their healing properties.

Because of its antibacterial character, honey can be used as a dressing for wounds; honey was in fact widely used in field dressings during both world wars in the last century. Apply honey directly to a wound and cover it with a bandage. A honey dressing reduces pain and inflammation, prevents excessive scarring, combats infection, and encourages the growth of new skin. Through osmosis, honey absorbs moisture around the wound, thus drying the wound and killing bacteria.

One of the most effective strains of honey in treating wounds has been identified by Peter Molan, a biochemist working at the University of Waikato in New Zealand. Molan has shown that honey made from the flowers of the manuka bush, which is native to New Zealand, is particularly effective as an antibiotic — because it contains an antibacterial agent other than the hydrogen peroxide that is released by all raw honey. Although this additional agent has not been precisely identified (Molan refers to it as the “unique manuka factor”), the antibacterial efficacy of manuka honey has been measured with precision over years of research. Manuka honey has been shown to counteract not only bacteria, but also fungi, protozoa, and strains of bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics.

Honey can also be used to treat various skin conditions including eczema and psoriasis; it can help calm allergic reactions and inflamed insect bites. Simply rub the honey into affected areas. Because it is readily absorbed by the digestive system, honey improves digestion and can act as a mild laxative. And because of its antimicrobial properties, honey can relieve a sore throat: sweeten some herbal tea with honey, or lemon tea, so you can benefit from the Vitamin C in the citrus at the same time.

Honey also reinforces the body’s immune system, because of its antibacterial and antioxidant properties. Honey, in fact, contains as high an antioxidant content as spinach, apples, berries, and other foods more often thought of as “healthy” foods. Dark honey has higher levels of antioxidants than light honey.

Honey also helps facilitate liver function. It contains roughly equal amounts of fructose and glucose; fructose serves to unlock an enzyme that occurs in the nuclei of liver cells, that is needed in the essential process of incorporating glucose into glycogen. The liver must store adequate quantities of glycogen, one of the body’s most important sources of energy.

Raw, unprocessed honey is the most effective in terms of healing, whether you consume honey or use it to treat a wound. Raw honey contains pollen, the source of many of honey’s essential nutrients, and pollen is destroyed during heat processing or exposure to light. When purchasing honey, make sure it is labeled “100 percent pure”; if in doubt, purchase your honey from a health food store rather than a supermarket. Store honey in an airtight container in a cool, dry place, so that it doesn’t absorb moisture from the air. If honey is kept properly, it will keep for a long time without losing its healing properties.